Buttery Holiday Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies is a decadent Christmas Cookie recipe that can get you in the Christmas spirit in no time. Just a glance at these holiday cookies and you are bound to feel like making it. These Festive Christmas Tree Cookies are soft, chewy and buttery sugar cookies with a sugar frosting and are decorated as Christmas Trees. Its a fun and easy cookie recipe which everyone will LOVE!😍😍
How many days are there for Christmas? Well, counting today, I guess there are just 10-more days for Christmas eve! Are you all prepared? 🥰
Have you been busy baking colourful Christmas cookies? Have you already tried this Chocolate covered Christmas tree shortbread cookies or this Christmas Shortbread Ornament Cookies yet?
What is your favourite part about baking holiday cookies? Is it the buttery aroma in your home? Or is it the part where you decorate the cookies? or is it the part where you hand them over to kids?
Well, if you were to ask me this question, I would say, all three!😍😍😍
I just cannot get enough of that beautiful buttery aroma when cookies are being baked in the oven.
These days with Christmas baking on my mind, my oven is working overtime. Every time you come to my home, you are bound to find a batch of cookies being baked in the oven.😍
Talking about Cookies, I am so excited to share with you guys, my favourite buttery holiday shortbread cookies recipe.😋😋🥰
More Christmas Cookies Recipes
- Best Gingerbread cookies Recipe
- Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Simple Ingredients)
- Chocolate Covered Ritz Cracker Cookies with Peanut butter
- Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
- Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
- Easy Christmas Ornaments Cookies
- Red Velvet Sugar Cookies with White Chocolate Hearts
- Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies
- Hot Chocolate Cookies
Frosted Christmas Tree Cookies
This is such a simple cookie recipe. Everyone will be able to easily make this.
I decided to make this just for a fun afternoon baking and it turned out better than I thought. Of course these got over in minutes and then we decided to make another batch and then we decided against it because it felt like a lot of hard work. But then, I finally, decided to share the recipe with y'all!
These Shortbread Cookies are exceptionally buttery and chewy! These can be made and stored for a long time. Perfect Christmas gifts, these Christmas Tree Cookies are so adorable and cute!
Christmas Tree Cookies without Eggs
I know, whenever we think cookies, we cannot think about making these without Eggs.
But then these are Shortbread cookies where the only fat agent is Butter. And thats why these are so brittle, buttery and chewy!
You can easily make Vegan Christmas Tree Cookies by replacing Butter with Vegan Butter.
Also try these Vegan Cookies
Imagine waking up from a deep sleep and seeing a plate full of cute buttery holiday shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies cookies laid out in front of you.
What would be your first reaction? I am sure you'll want to grab one and taste it😋😋!
Well, when it comes to baking cute Christmas Shortbread cookies, it's the decoration that really stands out! I love decorating my Christmas cookies.😇😍🤩
I generally do it along with my family after we finish dinner. It's a small Christmas tradition that I have in our family.
You know when it's the holidays, you feel like staying close to the family. Isn't it👨👩👧👦 ?
Well, for me, the warmth of family is everything. Sitting around with them decorating cookies, teaching them how to do it, making funny comments, joking around, clicking pictures and posting it on Instagram is all that matters😍😍😍!
Well, I am definitely too much into the holiday spirit and I guess I am digressing😂🥳. So, let's get to the point.
🥘 Ingredients You'll Need to Make these Christmas Tree Cookies:
- All-Purpose Flour - Flour is important to form the base of the cookies.
- Cornstarch - Cornstarch helps binds the cookie. It makes it chewy and crunchy around the edges
- Melted Unsalted Butter - For a shortbread cookie, you need about a cup of melted unsalted butter.
- Pinch of Salt - Since we are using unsalted butter. If you are using salted butter then you can skip salt.
- Pure Vanilla Extract - You can replace vanilla with either Almond extract or peppermint extract.
- Granulated Sugar - Dfor the touch of sweetness in our shortbread Christmas cookies we need granulated sugar.
For the Sugar Glaze
- Powdered Sugar - This is different from granulated sugar. Much finer and better for the glaze.
- Milk - Use milk as per requirement.
- Honey or Corn Syrup - Honey or corn syrup is used for the binding to hold its shape.
- Vanilla Extract - Instead of vanilla extract you can use almond extract or peppermint extract.
- Green Gel Food Color - Gel food colors are better since you don't have t add a lot and you still get that dark color which you want.
👩🍳 How to Make Buttery Holiday Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies?
STEP 1: MAKE SHORTBREAD COOKIES
- Combine Butter, Flour, Cornstarch, Kosher Salt, Vanilla Extract and Granulated Sugar in a food processor and make a dough
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 3-4 hours
- Roll the Cookie dough to about 1/2 inch thickness
- Use a cookie cutter to cut the cookies into Pine tree shapes
- Place in a greased baking dish
- Bake for 10 min. After it gets baked, allow to cool down to room temp. before decorating it.
Since it's a shortbread cookie, there is no use of eggs in the recipe.
Finally, when you are about to decorate these Christmas Shortbread cookies, you gotta make an icing.
STEP 2: MAKING THE ICING
- For the icing, I use Powdered Sugar (a lot of it), Almond Extract or Peppermint Extract or Vanilla Extract (any flavour you want), Honey or Corn Syrup, milk, and finally, green gel food colouring.
If you don't want food colouring you can totally skip it. But, I figured, since it's the holidays and people love colours so!😄
So, yeah! That's how you make Buttery Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies!😍😍
💯 Some BONUS Tips:
When it comes to baking cookies, I am a pro. I have been baking them since the age of 4. Well, not to brag about it, but I am pretty good at this.
So, here are some bonus tips that I guess will help you while you are baking these Buttery Holiday Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies.
- Corn Starch: Do not forget to add Corn starch along with flour while making the holiday shortbread cookie dough. Corn starch helps the cookies hold their shape. Corn starch makes the cookies chewier. Corn starch makes the edges of the cookies crispier. Guys! there are so many advantages of corn starch.
- Chill the Dough: Chilling the dough is super important especially when you are making shortbread cookies with icing. I prefer chilling them twice! Once when you've made the cookie dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for 30-minutes to 1-hour. (you can also freeze for 20-minutes if you're in a hurry). Next, when you've cut them into shapes refrigerate for another 15-minutes.
- Do not Roll the Dough too thin: When you are rolling the dough, make sure you are not rolling it too thin. Ideally, if you ask me for measurements, I am gonna say it is 3/8 inch thick. But, hey don't be so technical about it. It's a holiday cookie, not some baking school. Just make sure they are thick and not too thin. Or else when you dip them in the glaze, you might have a hard time.
🤔 Make-Ahead & Storage Instructions:
- To Make it ahead of time, you can prepare the cookie dough and keep it covered in plastic wrap in the freezer for 5-7 days. But, when you are ready to use it make sure you thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or for 2-4 hours on the countertop.
- To Store these cookies you can keep them covered in an air-tight container such as Tupperware. You can keep them on the countertop for 3-4 days. To store it for a longer time, cover it in plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container. Freeze it for weeks.
🎄 Other Christmas Cookies:
- White Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
- Savory Cheddar Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
- Snowball Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Santa Kiss Cookies
- Walnut Snowball Cookies
I hope you love these cookies and shall make them. If you happen to make these cookies, then comment below and rate this recipe. Also, tag me with #recipemagik on Instagram.
Christmas Tree Cookies
- 1 Cup Melted Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks)
- ½ Cup Granulated Sugar 100g or 3.55 Oz
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract you can replace this with Almond Extract or Peppermint Extract
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour more for dusting the surface
- ⅛ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
- Ice Cold Water as per requirement
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Milk
- ½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 Teaspoon Honey or Corn Syrup
- 2 Drops Green Gel Food Color
- Red and Green Christmas Nonpareils Sprinkles
- PreHeat Oven to 350F or 180C. Grease a baking ray with cooking spray and keep it aside.
- In a large mixing bowl mix All Purpose Flour with Granulated Sugar, melted Unsalted Butter, Vanilla Extract, Corn Starch, and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Add 1 teaspoon of ice-cold water and knead the dough with your hands. Add water as per requirement. Make a soft dough. See the image for reference. Chill the dough covered with a plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for 15-minutes
- Now, flour the surface. Roll the dough lightly making sure that it is about 3/8 inches thick. Now use a Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter to cut out small christmas tree shaped cookies. Place it on a baking sheet greased with cooking spray. Bake it in a preheated oven at 350F or 180C for 10-11 minutes. Do not touch after it is baked. Let it stay in the baking tray for another 10-minutes at room temperature. Then transfer to wire rack and let them cool down for another 10-minutes.
- In a small bowl mix powdered sugar with honey, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add a few drops of green gel food color and stir well until smooth. Now dip the sugar cookies individually in the glaze. Drip the excess by holding it vertically. Place it on a baking sheet.
- Now add red and green Christmas Nonpareils Sprinkles and let the cookies sit for a while. And, then Enjoy!
- Do not forget to chill the dough. If you can chill the dough for 15-minutes before popping it in the oven, then that's even better.
- Do not forget cornstarch.
- You can make the dough 3-4 days ahead of time and then when you want to bake, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight or on the counter for 2-hours.
- You can store these shortbread cookies for 3-5 Days covered in an airtight container at room temperature on the countertop.
- To store it for a longer duration, keep it in an air-tight container, wrapped with plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator or freezer.